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Denial of Advance Parole Applications Due to International Travel Adversely Impacts U.S. Companies

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is denying Advance Parole (AP) applications when an applicant travels internationally while the application is pending with USCIS.  This represents a big adjudication shift by USCIS, which has for several years allowed certain AP applicants to travel abroad while waiting for USCIS to approve an AP application.  By making … Continue Reading

President Trump Endorses New Bill Addressing ‘Green Card’ Immigration

Today, President Trump joined Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) announcing the introduction of a bill titled “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act,” known also as the “RAISE Act.”  The president praised the work of the senators and in a statement added, “We want a merit-based system. One that protects … Continue Reading

USCIS to Begin Issuing Redesigned ‘Green Cards’ Starting May 1, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 19, 2017 that the agency will begin issuing revamped Permanent Resident Cards (commonly referred to as “green cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD Cards) as a part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project,  a multi-agency initiative aimed at modernizing security measures through advanced biometrics technologies. … Continue Reading

The Trump Administration Contemplates an Executive Order Affecting Advance Parole

It has been reported that President Trump’s administration is likely preparing to effectuate additional changes affecting immigration issues.  Specifically, in addition to the Executive Order executed on Jan. 27, 2017, the administration is reportedly working on additional Executive Orders, a released draft of which addresses the availability and use of advance parole, among other issues … Continue Reading

Summary of Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

As we previously reported, President Donald Trump signed a third Executive Order (EO) related to immigration on Jan. 27, 2017.  The stated purpose of this EO is to protect the United States from terrorism stemming from foreign nationals of other countries by limiting entry and visas to certain individuals, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign … Continue Reading

Summary of OIG Report on USCIS Green Card Issuance

Getting the green card is typically the last step in the Lawful Permanent Resident application process, one that immigrants look forward to for many months or even years. Unfortunately, as confirmed by a recent report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS has experienced many problems lately with correct and timely green card … Continue Reading

September 2016 – Monthly AILA Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

After the release of the October Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories.  They are summarized below: EB-1 China and India In the October bulletin, final action dates for India and … Continue Reading

“Immigration Strategies for Employers During Layoffs” by Greenberg Traurig’s Kate Kalmykov Featured in The New Jersey Law Journal

Kate Kalmykov, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, recently authored an article in the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) discussing immigration strategies during layoffs and reductions in force.  The article highlights proper protocol for employers to follow when terminating a foreign national population in compliance with federal regulatory requirements.  Likewise, it identifies specific strategies to utilize based … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Kate Kalmykov and Jordi S. Bayer Featured in The New Jersey Law Journal for their article on Green Cards

Kate Kalmykov, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and Jordi S. Bayer, associate at Greenberg Traurig, recently authored an article in the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) discussing creative solutions for employers to sponsor foreign national employees for Green Cards.  Kate and Jordi highlight the similarities and differences between Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher and National Interest Waiver  … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN: Greenberg Traurig and the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Immigration 101 Seminar

Greenberg Traurig and the Philadelphia Bar Association invite you to attend an introductory seminar on immigration processes and their relationship to businesses on April 19.  Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Matthew T. Galati and Shaun Staller, will provide an overview of the immigration law system and address hiring foreign workers, options for new foreign owned businesses, paths … Continue Reading

Does a Beneficiary have Standing to Challenge a Petition Denial in Federal Court? More Judges are Saying ‘Yes’

A recent Second Circuit ruling marks the latest occurrence of a trend in federal court cases granting standing to beneficiaries in suits to challenge USCIS’ decisions, paving the way for more lawsuits against the agency following denials of petitions or appeals. The idea that only a petitioner may challenge a petition in federal court is … Continue Reading

Over 4.5 Million Are Waiting for Green Cards—Over 100,000 of them are Employment-Based

The Department of State (DOS) recently published its annual report of immigrant visa applicants (2015 Annual Immigrant Visa Report), which tallies up the number of total applicants—including spouses and children—who are waiting for their respective priority date to become current, allowing for them to obtain their green card. The annual report, which totals the number … Continue Reading

Office of Special Counsel Settlement Re Immigrant Discrimination

Recently, the Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (‘OSC’) entered into a settlement agreement with a landscaping company following allegations of immigrant discrimination.  The DOJ lawsuit against the company concerned corporate practices requiring Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) to produce their green cards in order to prove their work … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Immigration Attorneys Present as Guest Lecturers to Wharton School of Business

This past week, Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Matthew Galati and Shaun Staller, presented to The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business as guest lecturers for the institution’s “The Law at Work: Employment Law for Managers” class. Galati provided an overview of the immigration landscape in the context of employment and the business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant … Continue Reading

USCIS Provides Guidance on Immigrant Visa Availability and Priority Dates

The Basics of Immigrant Visa Availability The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets a limit on the number of immigrant visas (i.e. green cards) that may be issued to foreign nationals each year, and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is the agency that allocates the aforementioned immigrant visas. There are an unlimited number of … Continue Reading

Abandoning Lawful Permanent Resident Status: Procedure & Considerations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the release of a new version of Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status.  It is important to note that voluntarily relinquishing lawful permanent resident status may be beneficial for certain individuals and preferable to being deemed to have abandoned it.  Why would someone … Continue Reading

Myth vs. Fact: Responses to Arguments Against the EB-5 Pilot Program

Myth 1:  Buy a Green Card – The EB-5 program was established to help high-net-worth individuals buy a green card. Fact:  The EB-5 program is a highly regulated employment-based permanent residence application that takes years to complete.  The initial application requires detailed proof of investment in a qualified project.  It also requires evidence of an … Continue Reading

USCIS Announces Administrative Changes

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective Jan. 27, 2015, systemic changes will be made with regard to the issuance of decisions and correspondence, affecting activities such as status notification and documentation related to permanent residence. What follows is a summary of key changes that employers, foreign-national workers, and their … Continue Reading

For a Limited Time! Renew Your Green Card Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on its website yesterday that from 10 a.m.EST Nov. 12, 2014, to 10 a.m. EST Nov. 15, 2014, permanent residents may apply to renew or replace their green cards online via the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Applications to renew or replace green cards are filed using … Continue Reading

China’s Free Trade Zone Considers Easier Green Card Processing to Attract Big Business

The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ), located in Shanghai, is considering rule changes that will allow foreign nationals to get Chinese permanent residence much faster and easier than is possible at present. This is a major policy shift aimed at attracting foreign investment and global talent into the zone. Last week, Premier Li … Continue Reading

New Hardship Waiver Rules Ease Decade-Long Separation of U.S. Citizens and Undocumented Family Members

On January 2, the Obama administration adopted new rules that will allow the immediate family members of U.S. citizens to remain inside the country while awaiting approval of their permanent residency applications, a break from earlier policy that required such individuals to wait for adjudication abroad and often barred re-entry for up to 10 years. The new rules take effect on March 4.… Continue Reading

President Obama Advocates ‘Seizing the Moment’ to Pass Immigration Reform, Legislators Across the Aisle Take Notice

In his first news conference since winning re-election, President Obama signaled that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will likely be introduced early next year and will address key issues such as border security, enforcement of laws prohibiting the employment of undocumented workers, and the fate of the estimated 11 million people who currently reside in the United States without legal status.… Continue Reading